A list of of nominees for the Rock Hall of Fame was unveiled yesterday. Leading the list, in their first year of eligibility, are Pearl Jam and Tupac Shakur, with Jane’s Addiction and Depeche Mode also nominated. In all, there are 19 nominees, with nine getting their first nods. The only act with a Canadian connection is Steppenwolf. Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording. Inductees will be announced in December, and the 2017 ceremony will be held in April in Brooklyn, .
-- Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning promotes his new album, Home Wrecking Years, with shows at Montreal's Cafe Cleopatre on Nov. 17; Kingston's The Grad Club--18; Ottawa's Zaphods--19; Hamilton's The Casbah--24; and what is described as "a very special album release show" on Nov. 25 at The Garrison in T.O. Support hands are Greg and Mike Calderon, Graham Jones, Kevin Kane, and Dani Nash. As for BSS, the group is confirmed as working on a new studio album, the floating ensemble's first since Forgiveness Rock Record in 2010. Here's Canning's just released music video for "Keystone Dealers" that is included in his solo set.
-- Beyoncé's stadium Formation world tour, which began in April and wrapped earlier this month, sold 2.2M tickets and made over US$250M at the box-office. Tour promoter Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation’s Global Touring division, calls Beyoncé an “amazing performer” with a “rabid, committed fan base.”
-- The annual Andy Kim Christmas charity fundraiser has long been a highlight of the Toronto holiday season. It has just been announced that its 12th edition is set for the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Dec. 7th. Host/performer Kim states that "We’ve raised over $500,000 for local charities since the beginning, and I am honoured to have my friends again take part in this music-filled event. For the last three years, I’ve personally seen CAMH Foundation's Gifts of Light Program and how successful the program is in taking care of their patients' special needs. It’s fitting to again choose this beautiful program." Starting Oct. 22, Kim’s Facebook fan page and Twitter will reveal performers. A high-calibre lineup is guaranteed, as earlier guests have included Tom Cochrane, Cowboy Junkies, Barenaked Ladies, Feist, Sam Roberts, Serena Ryder, Ron Sexsmith (a regular), Alex Lifeson, Broken Social Scene, Arkells and many more.
-- Alan Cross has just announced his next Music Technology Event. The popular series returns on Nov. 17 in Toronto at Lighthouse Labs (from 6-9pm), and is a partnership with Digital Media at the Crossroads designed to help those interested explore funding avenues available to music technology startups. The featured presentation will be given by Duncan McKie, President of FACTOR. As usual, attending the event is free (as is the beer), but an RSVP is required here
-- Montreal's' Charlotte Cardin came to life on in the first season of the TVA singing competition La Voix, earning her a performance on Quebec superstar Garou's last studio album and the groundswell has been building ever since. In July, Cardin debuted her EP, Big Boy, and it quickly became an iTunes Canada best-seller. Her songs have now earned more than 4M Spotify streams and her YouTube collection is similarly huge. "Big Boy" was the bust-out track that put the 20 year-old in the media crosshairs, earning cover pages in Elle and Voir magazines, showcases in New York, Paris and London, and a slew of high-profile festival dates. Pushing the envelope, she's released a new song video for "Dirty, Dirty." It's an eye-catcher.
-- Burlington, ON hardcore band Silverstein just may be Canada's most successful band that's been overlooked in the land. Named after children's author Shel Silverstein (who has also written dozens of songs, including "The Cover of Rolling Stone," "A Boy Named Sue" and "Unicorn"), the five-piece has mostly maintained the same line-up over the past 11 years, literally toured the world over, and sold well over 1M albums to date.
The ensemble's new single "Ghost" was released digitally Tuesday via New Damage Records (iTunes) and is smartly accompanied by a music video. Recorded at Toronto's Revolution Studios in this summer, the single offers a little more polish than is usual, courtesy of a new production team, with Derek Hoffman credited as engineer and Anthony Kalabretta behind the mix controls. Three days ago the lads kicked off a grueling tour of dates across the US and the UK at the Agora Theater in Cleveland (a fave for Rush during its early days), winding up at the Danforth Music Hall on Dec. 17.
-- Chris de Burgh was once a big name in Canada, back when Supertramp was riding high with Crime Of the Century and the A&M team was plugging "The Lady In Red." The Irish songwriter is back in stores on Oct. 28 with A Better World, released through Montreal imprint Justin Time Records. The opening push is for the single "Bethlehem" that is described as a "dynamic rock song reminiscent of 'Don't Pay the Ferryman'" and there are tour dates being pencilled in for the new year as we write. Of course, one the favourites from his catalogue is as follows.
-- The National Music Centre’s inaugural Artist in Residence program has just announced the first five acts to make use of the space this fall and winter. They are: Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire (Singer-Songwriter, Edmonton); Jeremy Dutcher (Classical, Toronto); Joshua Van Tassel and James Bunton (Electronic, Halifax/Toronto); Quinsin Nachoff (Jazz, Brooklyn/Toronto); and Rococode (Indie/Electro-Pop, Vancouver). A residency will be a maximum two weeks and allow the artists complete access to the NMC’s collection of keyboards and other instruments, as well as the recording equipment and studio space in the facility to produce new works. During their stay, they will participate in artist talks, workshops and/or public performances.
-- Britpop fans in Toronto take note. On Saturday (at 6pm) The Tiny Record Shop presents a book launch by Mike Badger, co-founder of seminal indie band The La's, for The Rhythm & The Tide: Liverpool, The La's and Ever After. The event will feature Q&A and a performance.